Plantation Workers Shot By Armed Group

Sixteen workers at a banana plantation in northwestern Colombia were killed on Tuesday by armed men and women dressed in police fatigues, military authorities said.

Military and civilian spokesmen in the region, Uraba, said the perpetrators are members of the leftwing guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The victims were riding to work on a bus when the armed contingent forced them out, took them to a nearby soccer field, bound them, and shot them in the head.

The workers were said to be members of Hope, Peace, and Liberty, a political group that emerged from a left-wing faction that signed a peace agreement with the government in 1991.

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